Beryl Var. Morganite
Small Cabinet, 8.8 x 5.1 x 5.0 cm
Dara-i-Pech pegmatite field, Chapa Dara, Kunar Province, Nuristan, Afghanistan
Morganite from Afghanistan is the modern standard, and today is a good time to get these contemporary beauties which offer a lot of color and impact for the dollar compared to the old Brazilian classics. This piece is particularly impressive as a display specimen in a moderate price range, for its shocking gemminess and transparency, deep color saturation, and sharp hexagonal form. From a collection we purchased en masse recently, and not something I could replace at today's prices directly from the sources due to both recent price run-ups and less production here. This crystal is 355 grams (nearly a pound). It is INTENSELY colored, not just a pale pink as are so many. Joe Budd Photos